Max Landis Talks Superman. A lot.

Some of you may know Max Landis for his extensive work in Hollywood, most notably writing the screenplay for the critically adored 'Chronicle,' which is a wonderful subversion of the Superhero Origin trope. He's also brought that near-feverish love of comics to actually writing comics, as his current book Green Valley is a stellar look at a medieval times/sci fi mashup. 

The dude also has a major jones for the Man of Steel. 

Last year he put out Superman: American Alien, and that passion for the character and his world are fully evident; this is Mark Waid/Grant Morrison-type Super-love. He also made a couple short videos several years ago talking about Superman, or more specifically, one of the most significant events that ever happened in comic book history that just so happened to be centered around the Last Son of Krypton. 

Back in Ye Olde 2012, Landis gathered some Tinseltown pals (most notably Elijah Wood, Mandy Moore, Simon Pegg, Ron Howard, and Eldon Hansen) and made a short documentary/examination of the original Death and Return of Superman. Landis does the narrating and does a fantastic job of not only displaying his storytelling chops, but also flexing his comic nerd muscle.  

The other video he did is, I think, leagues more fascinating: not too long into the relaunch of the New 52, DC approached Landis and Greg Pak to reboot the Life and Death of Superman. Here is Landis' pitch for the event, from start to finish, three acts and a prologue. 

Landis, as a storyteller, absolutely shines - this may be one of his best works. Who would have thought sitting around listening to a guy talk for 42 minutes would be this enthralling? The story, while brutal, is layered with real emotion and incredible beats. His version of Lex Luthor is tremendous, and the way he brings in three of Superman's greatest villains is truly inspired. 

I really think that amidst all the love that Dan Jurgens, Peter Tomasi, Patrick Zircher, Pat Gleason, and Mick Gray are getting for their current (wonderful) takes on Kal-El that Landis should get some love. I hope he gets to work on the character again, as his devotion to the character and his mythos are always fully evident.